In June of 2010, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park opened for business at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL … to massive success. In the wake of that success, the decision has been made to open a second Wizarding World theme park at Universal Studios in Hollywood, CA. Altho the park won’t be operational until 2015, Harry Potter fans on the West Coast of the US (like me) now have a new exciting theme park to look forward to! Click below for all the known deets about this new Harry Potter park.
Hollywood is getting its own version of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” Universal Studios and Warner Bros. have agreed to pony up around $200 million to build a second version of the theme-park attraction that opened June 18, 2010, at Islands of Adventure in Orlando. The themed area has turned into a top draw not only for Universal but the Orlando area, with tourists flocking to Islands of Adventure, boosting ticket and merchandise sales. NBCUniversal now wants its Hollywood park to benefit from a similar attraction just as Disneyland is about to open “Cars Land” next summer. Because of “Wizarding World’s” instant success, the first question was when Universal would expand the park in Florida, given the amount of land the company owns there. The attraction features replicas of Hogwarts Castle and Hogsmeade village as seen in the films and includes rides like “Flight of the Hippogriff” and “Dragon Challenge.” Instead, Universal and WB chose to build a second “Wizarding World” in Hollywood. Where, exactly, the attraction will be housed, is a key question. Universal Studios Hollywood is much smaller than Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Orlando, limiting designers on just where new attractions can be added. The Hollywood park is currently building a 3D ride based on Paramount’s “Transformers” franchise that will open next spring on its lower lot, replacing the former “Backdraft” attraction. Older attractions would likely have to be cleared out to make room for the new Potter attraction. Universal spent as much as $265 million to build “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” A 2015 opening date is being eyed for the Hollywood version … Universal had already been eyeing its other overseas parks for a new “Wizarding World,” including a planned park in South Korea. The timing of the Potter park expansion, which requires approval from J.K. Rowling, comes as WB recently released its eight-film collection of all of the “Harry Potter” films on Blu-ray.
This is fantastic news! I’ve been DYING to get my buns to Florida to visit The Wizarding World in Orlando but I’ve yet to make the trip. Yes, 2015 seems like a lifetime away but I am thrilled to know that a West Coast version of the park is headed our way … JK Rowling better approve the deal :) After all, I’m sure she could use a few more MILLIONS to add to her bank account. David and I have *tentative* plans to make our way to Florida early next year and Harry Potter land is top on my list of must see attractions. But, yes, I will be very happy to have a Harry Potter world in my own backyard :D